Leading British artist, Ryan Gander, has selected works from this world class national collection of modern and contemporary British art, as part of the celebrations for the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary.

For the exhibition Gander has selected artworks which appear to be involved in the act of looking. He has presented these works so that they appear to gaze at works featuring the colour blue; a colour which is important in Gander’s work, and which for him represents the abstract ideas often found in modern and contemporary art.

Gander’s approach will provide an entirely fresh view of the Arts Council Collection and of modern and contemporary British art. His show will challenge traditional methods of selection, prompting us to rethink the role of the curator, the art object and the spectator. 

The exhibition will represent the work of over thirty artists, including Reg Butler, Patrick Caulfield, Jacob Epstein, Roger Hiorns, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Kerry Stewart, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rebecca Warren. Also included are major loans of work by artists including Angela Bulloch, Matthew Darbyshire, Don Brown, Mario García Torres and Thomas Houseago. One of the commissions, As old as time itself, slept alone, by Ryan Gander will be presented as part of this exhibition.

This exhibition is part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme supported by Arts Council England. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is one of four National Partners hosting exhibitions drawn from the Collection over the coming three years.

The Arts Council Collection includes nearly 8,000 works of British art in a range of media. To find out more about the programme go to artscouncilcollection.org.uk/NPP or follow @A_C_Collection #ACCNationalPartners on Twitter.

Free exhibition. 

In the Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Night in the Museum partner logos: Arts Council Collection, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Birmingham City Council, Friends of Birmingham Museums